Vegan blood orange pound cake sounds like a complicated desert, but it is incredibly simple. This recipe uses blood oranges because they are one of the most photogenic fruits I have come across and a hint of lavender just to elevate the citrus notes and produce a taste you won’t soon forget! The blood orange is variety of oranges with a sweet dark crimson colored flesh, the red color comes from the antioxidant anthocyanin, a natural chemical responsible for the purple, red and blue hues of many fruits and vegetables and closely linked with a myriad of health benefits such as cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and increased longevity.
If you do not have access to blood oranges, feel free to use any other orange that is local to you. The flavor will be exactly the same. The lavender in this recipe adds a mild sophistication to the cake that takes it from a simple tasting orange cake, to a sophisticated, interestingly flavored cake. If you can try to get your hands on some culinary lavender, I would suggest you do, however, if you cannot, I would say substitute it with a bag of earl grey tea. While earl grey tea is not a 1:1 substitute for lavender in terms of flavor in this dish, it adds its own flavor to the cake that goes well with the orange notes.
One thing I would advice when making this cake is whether you use blood oranges or any other type of orange, try to use only fresh oranges. Use the juice from an actual orange as opposed to the juice from a box, it makes a difference in the flavor especially of the cake glaze.
Now I am hoping you get to share this blood orange pound cake with someone or some people for Easter. If you know anything about me, you should know that I am a Christian, and one of my favorite holidays is Easter. Not only will I be celebrating with family over some amazing food like this one, but also because I will be spending the day reflecting on the sacrifice that was paid for me on the cross of Calvary by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I do not talk about my faith nearly enough on this platform, so allow me to share one or two things with you about the one I love with all my heart: Jesus Christ.
This Easter season is particularly significant for me and my family. A wind of change has blown over my comfort zone recently, and honestly, the road ahead looks exciting. With this outlook of excitement comes a major temptation to fear, and the also the obvious blinding glare of uncertainty. I tell you this though, I am able to walk boldly in the midst of uncertainty, and to ignore the loud screams of fear because I have found comfort and solace in the presence of my heavenly father. This is the privilege that the sacrifice that Jesus paid on the cross of Calvary has afforded me. I have access to God my father through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ; I know His promises for me are sure, and his banner over me is love. He has assured me through His word need that I do not to be worried or dismayed, and He has proven to me time and time again that He will never leave me nor forsake me. That is why I love Easter, the cake is just a bonus.
I have so many stories to tell about my faith that can take thousands of posts to write, since I can’t write all of it down, ask me about my Christian faith. I promise I will share all the juicy details.
Enjoy my blood orange pound cake recipe and happy Easter!
Vegan Blood Orange Pound Cake
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsps baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup apple sauce
- 2 tbsp blood orange juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar (you can substitute with any other type pf vinegar)
- 1 tsp culinary grade lavender
- Zest from 1 orange
- ¼ tsp salt
- 4 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tsp blood orange juice
- Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C.
- Grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan and set it aside.
- In a small pot, warm the almond milk with 1 tsp lavender for 5 minutes on low heat. Allow the milk and lavender mixture to cool, then drain of the lavender. Discard the used lavender, and reserve the almond milk aside.
- In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients with a whisk; the flour, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, almond milk, coconut oil, apple sauce, 2 tbsp blood orange juice, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla.
- Create a well in the bowl with the flour mixture, pour in the liquid mixture and mix until it is just combined. Do not over mix!
- Pour the cake batter into the prepped loaf pan, and bake in the preheated oven for 50- 55 mins or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake come out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes then remove from the pan.
- While the cake is cooking in the pan, pour 1 tsp blood orange juice into the 4 tbsp of powdered sugar. This will be the glaze for the loaf cake.
- While the cake is still warm but out of the pan, glaze with the blood orange juice and icing sugar glaze.
- Allow the cake to cool completely for 20 minutes then serve.
Albert BeviaMarch 21, 2018 at 5:45 am
Such a beautiful cake and it truly sounds delicious, I love blood oranges and that touch of lavender sounds devine, this is perfect for easter 🙂
LoisMarch 21, 2018 at 11:03 am
KarlyMarch 21, 2018 at 10:21 am
Love this! Perfect for Easter!
LoisMarch 21, 2018 at 11:05 am
Michelle BarsnessMarch 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm
The combination of lavender and orange sounds so delicious. What a beautiful cake. I love the beautiful color of the cake glaze. It’s lovely for Easter. May you have a wonderful Easter with your family. Many blessings.
LoisMarch 22, 2018 at 9:20 am
Monica LeMarch 21, 2018 at 9:24 pm
Vegan blood orange cake looks so delicious…wish i had some right now!
AshimaMarch 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm
The glaze looks so delicious! I haven’t use lavender in any of my baking but I am sure it adds a beautiful flavour. Have to definitely keep a look out for culinary lavender.
Thanks for sharing and have a lovely Easter!
Ben MyhreMarch 22, 2018 at 5:48 pm
I am not a vegan, but that topping looks absolutely stunning. Vegan or not, good taste is good taste.
dixya @food, pleasure, and healthMarch 23, 2018 at 11:44 pm
this is screaming spring all the way and love the vegan take on it. lately, i have been drinking a lot of lavender latte so i know i will enjoy this alot.
SavitaMarch 24, 2018 at 4:54 am
I’m fan of citrus cakes. The vegan version even better! I also love your idea of lavender. this cake is perfect for the season. yumm!
Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny KitchenMarch 25, 2018 at 3:11 pm
The glaze here is absolutely gorgeous! Fresh citrus is always such a nice addition to baked goods, and I love the hint of lavender you’ve included. Perfect way to end an Easter celebration!
Leslie HaaschMarch 25, 2018 at 3:57 pm
That glaze is so gorgeous – what a show stopper! This would seriously MAKE any Easter table spread, easily.
KarylMarch 25, 2018 at 5:28 pm
I’ve never tried blood oranges before, but you are right about the beautiful color. I recently had lavender lemonade at a restaurant, and absolutely loved the mild floral flavor it lends. This looks really delicious
Anne MurphyMarch 25, 2018 at 9:04 pm
I still have not found blood oranges, and they look so wonderful! I’ll just have to stick to regular orange oranges – delicious enough. I did just see culinary lavender, though I like the suggestion of the Earl Gray – the bergamot would also add a lovely note to the orange. And Happy Easter!
Lois. OMarch 26, 2018 at 4:40 pm
Happy Easter to you too! The Trader Joe’s in my neighborhood has an abundance of blood oranges, maybe you can try checking there.
TatianaMarch 25, 2018 at 9:46 pm
Oh man, that pink glaze! I have never seen something like this. Very creative and looks heavenly.I wander where i can find blood oranges here at this time of a year?
Lois. OMarch 26, 2018 at 4:35 pm
Trader Joes still has an abundance of them now. I am sure you will still be able to find them there
DebbyeMarch 25, 2018 at 11:54 pm
OMG, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven with this recipe. Your pictures are so beautiful, I just want to reach in a grab a piece. Really awesome shots and recipe.
Lois. OMarch 26, 2018 at 4:34 pm
cityceilingsMarch 30, 2018 at 7:05 am
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KatMarch 23, 2020 at 10:43 am
Is the calorie-count per slice?
LoisMarch 23, 2020 at 4:41 pm
Yes it is per slice. I’ve updated the calorie count to more accurately reflect the ingredients used from our new source.